Dodgers’ outfielder Yasiel Puig would have preferred a trade to another team instead of being demoted to the minors, but admitted to have learned some humility since joining the organization’s Triple A team in Oklahoma City.
Puig, who was placed on revocable waivers by the organization on Sunday, spoke with ESPN’s Marly Rivera in Oklahoma City about lessons learned and his future in the majors — whether that is back in Los Angeles or somewhere else.
Puig apologized to both current Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and former skipper Don Mattingly for his previous behavior, which included showing up late to meetings and batting practices.
“It is the same rules whether you in Cuba or in the U.S.,” Puig said. “If you don’t train, if you don’t respect your coaches, whether you are amateur or professional, you will have the same problems.”
It just might happen, too.
Uehara threw an encouraging 25-pitch session of live batting practice Monday at Fenway Park, his most rigorous workout yet since he went on the disabled list July 19 with a strained right pectoral muscle.
According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, Uehara is scheduled for a bullpen session Wednesday in Boston and will throw to hitters again Saturday, one day later than he otherwise would have because the field at Oakland Coliseum won’t be available after a Raiders preseason game Thursday night.
If all goes well, Uehara could be reinstated to the roster as soon as next Monday for the opener of a three-game interleague series in San Diego.
The Red Sox can use Uehara, too. Since he was sidelined, they have lacked a primary eighth-inning setup man. Although submarining right-hander Brad Ziegler hasn’t pitched poorly, Farrell prefers not to use him against left-handed hitters. Junichi Tazawa and Matt Barnes have struggled, and lefty Fernando Abad has been a disappointment since being acquired from the Minnesota Twins at the trade deadline.
So, although Uehara is 41 years old and has allowed eight home runs in his past 20? innings, he figures to help stabilize a group of relievers that has been searching for more definition to their roles.
“A healthy Koji certainly adds to our bullpen. And I know that he senses that,” Farrell said. “But I can’t say that he’s short-cutting any work or rehab for the sake of just getting back.”